Redeeming Punishment: Catholic Approaches to Criminal Justice Reform

Feb 10, 2022
Fluno Center, Auditorium
601 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715
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Dean StrangLoyola University of Chicago Law School

Cecelia KlingeleUniversity of Wisconsin Law School

Rev. Javier del CastilloPrelature of Opus Dei

Kevin CarrWisconsin Department of Corrections

Thomas DonnellyCircuit Court of Cook County

The Lumen Christi Institute's Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network and the Catholic Social and Political Thought Initiative of the UW-Madison Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy present Catholic Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform: a Scholarly Colloquium. This three-day public lecture and workshop series gathers a diverse array of legal scholars and ethicists to explore how Catholic tradition and social thought can inform the many challenges confronting today’s American criminal justice system. 

As part of this colloquium, there will be a keynote panel on "Redeeming Punishment: Catholic Approaches to Criminal Justice Reform," featuring Dean Strang, Cecelia Klingele, Rev. Javier del Castillo, and Secretary Kevin Carr, moderated by the Hon. Thomas Donnelly. This keynote event is open to the public. Attendance for the full colloquium is invite-only. For more details on the event schedule and presenters, see our news item HERE.



Special thanks to the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy for hosting this colloquium of the Lumen Christi Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network (CCJRN), and to the following people and institutions for making this colloquium possible:

Most. Rev. Donald Hying, Rev. Eric Nielsen, St. Paul’s University Student Center, Professor Richard Avramenko, University of Wisconsin Law School, and Badger Catholic

Oher cosponsors of the Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network include:
Georgetown University Law Center, Notre Dame Law School, Boston College Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Loyola University Chicago Law School, University of St. Thomas School of Law, The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, The Institute on Religion, Law, and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham University School of Law, Center on Race, Law, and Justice at Fordham University School of Law, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition, Kolbe House Jail Ministry

Dean Strang is a Distinguished Professor in Residence at the Loyola University of Chicago Law School and a practicing criminal defense lawyer. He has  written two books of legal history, Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror (University of Wisconsin Press 2013), and Keep the Wretches in Order: America's Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW (University of Wisconsin Press 2019), along with several  law review articles. Before entering academia, Professor Strang created and ran the first office of the Federal Defender Service of Wisconsin and also worked as a private attorney, representing defendants in a number of high  profile criminal cases.

Cecelia Klingele is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a faculty associate of the University of Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Institute for Research on Poverty. Professor Klingele is fascinated by the challenges of managing human behavior, particularly the behavior of those who operate and are subject to the criminal legal system. Her past work has focused on community corrections, correctional programming  interventions, and the treatment of violence within the legal system. She has served as Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code: Sentencing revision (2012-2018), External Co-Director of the University of Minnesota Robina Institute's Sentencing Law & Policy Program (2013-2018); and as an appointed  member of the Policy Advisory Group of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (2010-2015). Prior to entering academia, Professor Klingele clerked for Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the executive board of the Lumen Christi Institute's Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network (CCJRN) and the leadership team of the Society of Christian Legal  Scholars.

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei and currently serves as the Vicar of Opus Dei  in the Midwest. He was a high school chaplain from 2007 to 2013 at the Heights School (Potomac, MD) and  Northridge Prep (Niles, IL). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (Cooper Union, New York  1998) and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, 2007). For the last few years  he has given lectures at the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago on topics relating to faith and reason, social doctrine,  and religion and law.  

Kevin A. Carr is the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He previously worked as the U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Wisconsin and was appointed to that position by President Barack Obama.  Previously, he spent 30 years working in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office where he held numerous positions  including Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Inspector, and Inspector. As Inspector, Carr served as the second in charge of daily operations for the agency. He was instrumental in the creation of the Milwaukee County Criminal  Justice Council. Secretary Carr holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Management and an associate's degree in criminal justice from Concordia University. He has received post-graduate certificates from Harvard University, the FBI National Academy, and Northwestern University. 

The Honorable Thomas More Donnelly serves as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Sworn in as a judge in 2000, he currently serves in the Law Division, Commercial Calendar, and has tried over 300 jury trials. He currently sits on the Illinois Judicial College Board of Trustees with a term expiring 2023 and serves as liaison to the Committee on Judicial Education. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the inaugural chair of the Illinois Judicial College Board. Additionally, he serves on the faculty of the National Judicial College and teaches judges around the country. He served on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices from its inception until its final report 2018-2020. The Illinois Supreme Court appointed him as one of two judicial representatives on the Statutory Court Fee Task Force and he served on the task force from its inception until its final report 2016-2019. He has taught at Loyola Law School for the past thirty years. While he has taught five different courses, he currently teaches Illinois Civil Procedure. He has taught or lectured at many other law schools:  Marquette, University of Chicago, Washington & Lee, DePaul. He teaches widely with bar associations and other groups.